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The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo


The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo is a classic re-telling of Raymond Briggs timeless book.

Michael Morpurgo has perfectly captured the magical atmosphere of The Snowman as he gives a voice to the original. Michael Morpurgo has put into words what my imagination has uttered over the years. He has taken a familiar tale and added some extra special touches.

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The Dressmaker Of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain

The Effects Of War

The Dressmaker Of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain is a heart-wrenching read focusing on a young woman caught up in World War II.

The reader witnesses both her naivety and her strength of character to survive. As a vulnerable young woman, she finds it hard to separate the lies from the truth, believing everything she is told. Consequently her choices prove to send her life spiralling out of control. “When you make a lie… you have to live it and sooner or later, the truth comes out.” Only with hindsight can she see and say she wishes “to have made a different choice that night.”

Given a reason to survive the lead character develops a strength that will keep her going against the odds. She has a reason to survive Dachau, a reason to survive all that life throws at her. Without hope, we would perish and die. We see that war brings a new set of rules, a different moral code as people do what they do to survive.

Mary Chamberlain has drawn a very believable character in her leading lady. Her morals are questionable but her strength of character is huge. In contrast, the male characters are parasites, preying on the weak, innocent and vulnerable. They are also well drawn but elicit feelings of intense dislike and disgust from the reader.

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Christmas In Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

All That Is Good

Christmas In Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is a delightful Christmas book that will leave you smiling. Every year Melody Carlson releases a Christmas book and I look forward to reading it, and this year’s offering does not disappoint.

Christmas is a time for love and family but if you have never had one, it can be hard. One may feel isolated and lonely as it looks like the whole world is having fun.

Winter Hill is a place of community. A warm welcome awaits as strangers are taken under its wings. New beginnings are made easier with a greeting from smiling faces.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

God Bless Us Every One

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a classic tale that I have never read until now – and it did not disappoint. Charles Dickens draws Scrooge perfectly as a bad tempered mean old miser. “No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him.” There seems nothing to recommend him.

As the book progresses, a gradual change in tone occurs as Scrooge realises his life really is at stake. The cold and gloom of the start contrasts with the brightness and light of the end of the novel. The reader gets caught up in the gaiety.

As a fan of various films of A Christmas Carol the story was familiar. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at how closely the Alastair Sim version is to the book. Whole sections of the narrative were familiar to me.

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